James Patterson, the highest-paid author in the world, thinks it’s important for children to mind their manners.
Perhaps he feels the same way about his co-writers.
For his 2016 children’s book “Give Please a Chance,” the best-selling novelist teamed up with TV personality Bill O’Reilly to remind kids of the value of politeness. But for his follow-up book, “Give Thank You a Try,” Patterson is going it alone.
Might that change have something to do with certain impolite behavior that nudged O’Reilly from his job at Fox News this spring?
Patterson declined to comment for this article. His publisher says it is “still committed to the mission of helping to build a world of ‘please-and-thank-you kids.’ ” A worthy goal, for sure, and one Patterson has championed through his children’s books, literacy campaign and philanthropic work.
“Give Thank You a Try” will be published by Jimmy Patterson, an imprint of Hachette, on Oct. 30. Advance copies are not yet available, but according to Patterson’s publisher, the picture book features “sweetly illustrated scenes from a variety of artists” that “show children saying ‘thank you’ for simple gifts like tickles, ice cream, and Mommy and Daddy’s love.”
It is recommended for children 2 to 5 years old.
In the meantime, Patterson is working with another Bill — Clinton — on a novel for adults called “The President Is Missing.” It is set for publication next June.
Nora Krug is an editor and writer for Book World.